indeclinable exclamation of surprise, astonishment or consternation: yea, indeed well; I say! for sure! Vv-a.103 (aho ti acchariy’ atthena nipāto); Ja.i.88 (aho acchariyaṃ aho abbhutaṃ), Ja.i.140. Usually combd. with similar emphatic particles, e.g. aho vata Dhp-a.ii.85; Pv-a.131 (= sādhu vata); aho vata re DN.i.107; Pv.ii.94 5. Cp. ahe.

Sk. aho, for etym. see aha1